Fr. Joseph Ackerman, OSB

September 20, 1924- September 22, 2021

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Service Details

Prayers: Livestreaming Available
Monday, September 27, 2021 – 7:30pm
St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Cathedral
Muenster, Saskatchewan

Funeral Mass: Livestreaming Available
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – 2:00pm
St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Cathedral
Muenster, Saskatchewan

Interment:
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
St. Peter’s Abby Cemetery
Muenster, Saskatchewan

Memorial Donations:

St. Peter’s Abbey Elder Care
PO Box 10
Muenster, SK, S0K 2Y0

Obituary

Baptized Peter at his birth in Balgonie, SK, on September 20, 1924, Fr. Joseph was one of 15 children in the family of Andrew and Emilia Ackerman (née Heck). His father was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railroad Co., which necessitated moving to various locations. He received his early education in Wolseley, Estevan, and Regina. After a brief period of employment, Fr. Joseph enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving oversees in the Second World War from 1943-45. A new direction was taken by Fr. Joseph from 1947-51 when he attended St. Peter’s College in Muenster and then entered the Order of St. Benedict where he received his name “Joseph.” He took his seminary studies at St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN and was ordained to the priesthood, June 8, 1958, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Muenster. Following ordination, Fr. Joseph taught at St. Peter’s College, assisted in various parishes, served as assistant business manager at St. Peter’s Abbey and became pastor of the Muenster and St. Gregory parishes. In 1970, he went on a sabbatical where he studied at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and then at Duke University, Durham, NC. In 1971 he was appointed pastor of St. Anthony and St. James parishes, Lake Lenore. His next assignment was the Pilger and Middle Lake parishes. He then served the parishes of Bruno and Peterson. He retired as a full-time pastor in 2016 at the age of 91. The next year, Fr. Joseph moved to Prairie View retirement home in Bruno. Known for his sense of humour and gentle disposition, Fr. Joseph was well liked by his parishioners. Wherever Fr. Joseph served, he was active in parish and community groups. He joined them at coffee row and at sports events. A local park in Bruno was named in his honour. Fr. Joseph loved reading and sharing his knowledge and wisdom in his homilies. He enjoyed the outdoors having a fondness for hunting, fishing, skating, hockey, and golf. He will be dearly missed by his community and by all those he served over the years and who loved him in return. He is survived by his monastic community at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, and by his family and friends. Fr. Joseph was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Emilia Ackerman (née Heck), and by his brothers and sisters.

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